Thanksgiving, one of the more historically and politically fraught US holidays, is this week. Rather than celebrate its problematic history, check out a few films that, though they have the moment as some part of their background, instead have weightier concerns on their spirits. Whatever your a blueprint for the holiday, abide safe and enjoy yourself!

The Ice Storm( 1997)

After successfully crossing over from mainly Chinese-language indie films to the mainstream with Sense and Sensibility, Ang Lee guided one of the lesser-heralded but better adult dramas of the’ 90 s. Set during Thanksgiving weekend in the 1970 s, it follows two genealogies with a mess of dreamy intrigues between them. As both the married couple and their teenage children test the waters of the sexual experimentation of the time, their interpersonal topics come to the fore.

Available on various pulpits.

The Last Waltz( 1978)

One of the greatest music documentaries ever performed, Martin Scorsese captured the departure concert held by The Band in San Francisco on Thanksgiving day in 1976. The depression is set right off the bat with screen verse announcing” THIS FILM SHOULD BE PLAYED LOUD !” The establishes are intercut with interviews and studio footage in which the member states both looked at on their time together and look forward to the road ahead. It’s the perfect illustration of a movie symbolizing a performing group’s vibe in the act of depicting it.

Available on various scaffolds.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles( 1987)

This is not a Thanksgiving movie. Heading home for the holidays is the excuse for the patch, but it’s all about the journey , not the destination; precisely, how the tour can be hell. This is a film about how awful it is to travel, and the innumerable highways someone else can get on your guts, as embodied by Steve Martin and the late immense John Candy’s happy cross-country antics.

Available on various programmes.

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